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Home Exchanges

"Home exchanging allows you all the comforts of home while on vacation at a bargain price. While open to anyone, the arrangement is ideal for travelers who have the time and means to arrange flexible and sometimes long-term vacations and for those who wish to experience what it's really like to live in another country." —Linda Lewis from Swapping Vacations: Home Exchanges


 Home Exchange Articles
Caretaking Jobs Abroad by Nora Dunn
Home Exchanges: A Cheap Way to Live Abroad by Catherine Price
Vacation Swapping: Home Exchanges Can Cost No More than Staying Home by Linda Lewis
Home Exchanges Enrich Travel Experience by Shelley Seale
Home Exchange Tips by Ruth Marvin Webster
Seven Great Reasons to Exchange Homes by Carol Dalton Sebilia
How to Exchange a Home and Live Irish by Isabel Bearman Bucher
Home Away from Home: Have a "Second" Home For Price of Planefare by Jeri Magg
Planning a Career Break by Susan Griffith

 Home Exchange Websites

The Caretaker Gazette
Would you like to house sit anywhere in the world? There are empty homes in every state and country, and property owners are looking for trustworthy people to live in them as property caretakers and housesitters! The Caretaker Gazette contains these property caretaking/housesitting openings in all 50 states and foreign countries. Published since 1983, subscribers receive 1,000+ property caretaking opportunities each year, worldwide. Some of these caretaking and housesitting openings also offer compensation in addition to the free housing provided. Short, medium and long-term property caretaking assignments are in every issue. Subscriptions: $29.95/year. The Caretaker Gazette, (206) 462-1818. www.caretaker.org.

Featured Unpaid Listing

CasaSwap, www.casaswap.com, is a full-scale international accommodation network targeted uniquely at youth, students and private landlords. CasaSwap’s mission is to drastically improve the opportunities of finding, subletting or swapping accommodation on an international basis for the members of CasaSwap—at a low-cost—and at the same time help them build a useful network of open-minded young people, students and landlords.

Global Home Exchange, www.4homex.com. A home exchange is the fun and affordable way for to travel and save money.By swapping homes travelers enjoy no cost holiday accommodation

Green Theme International, www.gti-home-exchange.com, provides home exchanges worldwide. A multi-lingual site with no out-of-date listings, low-cost (US$35.00 per year) easy on-line registration and fully searchable database. Use GTI to select your ideal home exchange partners.

Home Exchange Worldwide — Home Base Holidays (est 1985), 7 Park Ave., London N13 5PG, England; 011 44 20 8886 8752; info@homebase-hols.com, www.homebase-hols.com. Established in 1985, the agency has home exchange offers worldwide with new listings daily. The free bi-monthly Home Swappers newsletter includes articles and tips from experienced home exchangers. The regularly updated blog, Travel the Home Exchange Way (homeexchangetravel.blogs.com), answers questions on swapping homes and includes special home exchange requests. Membership fee. (Reviewed by Alison Gardner).

HomeExchange.com, www.homeexchange.com. Established in 1972, this outlet now has 14,000 members in 110 countries, 50% in the US. Easy to search under many categories, includes a special section for seniors (www.homeexchange.com/seniors.php). (Reviewed by Alison Gardner).

HomeExchange.com, P. O. Box 787, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; 800-877-8723 or 310-798-3864, fax 310-798-3865; www.homeexchange.com/seniors.php. Established in 1972, this outlet now has 10,000 members, 50 percent in the U.S. Easy to search under many categories, includes a special section for seniors. One-year listing is $99.95. (Reviewed by Alison Gardner).

HomeLink International, 7 St. Nicholas Rise, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, SO23 7SY, U.K., 011-44-1962-886882; exchange@homelink.org.uk, www.homelink.org.uk. Established in 1953, HomeLink International is the oldest and largest home exchange organization in the world with 24 offices worldwide, staffed by experienced home exchangers and meeting the home exchange needs of the more than 13,000 listed members in 69 countries. Each year HomeLink publishes a full-color 800-page print directory with thousands of individual listings and photos. Members also have year-round access to an online database on the latest listings and assistance from 24 English-speaking officers worldwide. Annual membership is about $200 (£115). (Reviewed by Alison Gardner).

HomeLink USA. 800-638-3841; www.homelink.org. The largest and oldest exchange club, with 50 years’ experience. Representatives in member countries can help you if problems arise. Over 13,000 listings from 72 countries around the world.

Intervac U.S. (800-756-HOME; www.intervacus.com). The U.S. branch of association covering more than 50 countries. About 5,000 members, 3,800 of them overseas. membership fees per year for web-only membership; book-web combo that gets you full access to the membership directory; two color photo listings—one online and one in the catalogue—plus a copy of the catalogue.

International Home Exchange Network; (www.ihen.com). For over ten years, IHEN has been servicing the needs of travelers worldwide. We offers listings of Home Exchange Opportunities and Vacation Rentals in over fifty countries to assist you in planning your next vacation.

International Vacation Home Exchange Network (IVHE), www.ivhe.com, is the key to finding your dream holiday location. As an IVHE member you unlock a whole new world of vacation opportunities. You can use your second home to trade with other members for holidays worldwide.

The Invented City, www.invented-city.com, allows.non-members can view listings without contact info before joining and paying a membership fee.

JewettStreet.com, www.jewettStreet.com, is a worldwide home exchange network, with a well-designed interface and a platform for those home exchangers who prefer more personalized service. Membership fee.

Seniors Home Exchange, www.seniorshomeexchange.com. The only home exchange group exclusively for the over-50 age group. Register and view listings from 38 countries, including exchanges of motor homes and caravans.(Reviewed by Alison Gardner).

Vacation Homes Unlimited (VHU) - Home Exchange! Established 1983. No.1 in toll-free customer service. User friendly site, no symbols just information and pictures. Only current listings published. Join online instantly, no waiting. SSL secure!

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